Pet death prompts United Airlines ban on some animal cargo

United Airlines announces new restrictions on pet transport following high-profile incidents

The announcement followed changes the airline made to its emotional support animal policy in February that require passengers to provide additional paperwork to prove their emotional support animals are medically necessary and able to behave in public.

Dozens of snub-nosed and strong-jawed dog and cat breeds will also be banned from flying in the airline's PetSafe program, which applies to animals traveling in the cargo compartment.

American Humane Society helped come up with the list of banned breeds, a spokesperson said.

Jan Krems, vice president of cargo at United Airlines, said: "We are committed to making significant improvements in our program and adhering to the best practices of animal comfort, wellbeing and travel on behalf of our customers and their pets".

Under the new policy, 21 dog and four cat breeds prone to heat or travel stress problems will no longer be welcome on the airline.

Shih Tzu's, Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, and French bulldogs are among the breeds now banned from United flights.

Under the new policy, there is a ban on transporting breeds including Boston Terriers, boxers, pugs and Pekingese dogs, and Persian and Himalayan cats are banned.

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The airline announced it will be working with American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, to improve the safety and well-being of the pets that it transports.

United will also not accept reservations for PetSafe pet transport from airports in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Phoenix and Tucson between May 1 and September 30 due to hot temperatures.

United Airlines has also clarified that it will only accept cats and dogs; no other animal would be allowed in the cargo held area. In this photo, a United Airlines plane takes off from San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, April 18, 2018.

United suspended cargo pet transport in March after a puppy died when an attendant forced its owner to stow the dog's carrying case in an overhead bin.

The following day, the airlines again faced backlash after they accidentally shipped a dog to Japan instead of Kansas City.

In another incident, a dog was incorrectly placed on a flight to St. Louis which prompted the airline to divert the flight to Akron, Ohio, where the dog was meant to go.

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